I’m finally posting about my last student during Curriculum Week here at Mama’s Learning Corner!
(Whew! There’s four of them, you know!)
Whether you’re starting school next week or in a couple of months, I hope you’ve found some potential ideas in choosing curriculum for your own kiddos.
Today’s post is all about what my 4 1/2 year old and I will be learning during the 2015-2016 school year.
My sweet Anna is nothing but a joy, so I find planning school for her to be pretty simple. She’s still in the stage of copious amounts of imaginative play, which I wouldn’t squelch with worksheets for anything. 😉
With that in mind, our Early Kindergarten plans are fairly simple. Sure, I’m going to add many other manipulatives and educational ideas to our days, but these three subjects will be our core.
Early Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Plans
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We are in our first week of school, and I’ve found that it’s best to introduce pages slowly. So the first day, we did the calendar pages and the weather/day of the week/month of the year. Next, I added a couple of the shapes pages.
Soon I’ll add in the alphabet pages and the others until she has a whole notebook of activities!
→ Ready-Made Preschool Level 2 – A few months ago, I had the privilege of reviewing Ready-Made Preschool Level 2 with my 4 year old. We had used Level 1 in the past, so I already knew the style would be a great fit for her.
There are numerous things I love about Ready-Made Preschool: it uses rich children’s literature, there are day-by-day plans (so no planning for me), and the hands-on activities are already cut and ready to go.
The activities being ready are the best part in my opinion! I can’t tell you what a blessing it is to open and go.
Ready-Made Preschool assists me in providing a rich learning environment for my Early Kindergartner while not taking up precious planning time that I need to spend on my older kiddos.
→ My First School Book from Handwriting Without Tears – My 4 1/2 year old needs lots of letter reinforcement, and Handwriting Without Tears makes the perfect supplement with her.
Each day, I combine my first grader and my 4 1/2 year old in handwriting. We go by the letter that my first grader is working on.
For example, today both girls worked on writing the Letter E on the slate with chalk (wet-dry-try) and practiced making an E with the Wood Pieces. My 6 year-old then practiced writing the Letter E in her Letters for Me book, and my 4 1/2 year old worked on the Laminated Capital Letter Cards.
→ Really Big Book of Bible Story Coloring Pages – My Early Kindergartner is definitely required to sit with us as we have our Bible time in the mornings, however I’m happy for her to color quietly as she listens.
No, I don’t have the coloring page match the Bible account that we’re covering for the day. While that would be ideal, it’s just not feasible.
More Early Kindergarten Activities
Over the years, I’ve created an abundance of Early Kindergarten learning activities!
In addition to reading books, books, and more books, my sweet girl and I will work on these activities together:
♥ Lots of our favorite manipulatives!
What are you and your Preschooler or Early Kindergartner working on this year? How does your homeschool preschool work?
Is this your first year doing preschool at home? Listen to several seasoned homeschool moms share the ins and outs of homeschooling preschool!
I’ll update the curriculum choices for each of the following grades as I publish them:
Interested in curriculum we’ve used in the past?
♥ Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2014-2015 – 4th Grade, 2nd Grade, Kindergarten, and Preschool
♥ Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2012-2013 – 2nd Grade and Kindergarten
♥ 3rd Grade Curriculum (2013-2014)
♥ First Grade Curriculum (2013-2014)
♥ Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum (2013-2014)